On The Toon

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It was the husband’s birthday recently. He LOVES Geordie Shore, and so there was no better gift than a trip to Newcastle. We caught the last flight out on Friday and arrived in the city at 10pm. With the incredibly easy to use Metro located in the airport, we reached the city centre and were checked into our hotel in no time. Once our bags were dropped off we decided to get out and explore the bustling bar scene. When it comes to bars in Newcastle, you really are spoilt for choice but we made our way straight to Popworld. This spot does exactly what it says on the tin. From new chart tunes to classic pop anthems there was something to get everyone dancing. The highlight of the night for me however was a dapper Tom Hiddleston look a like, kitted out in a sharp business suit, dancing it out to Girls Aloud before proceeding to have a dance off with one energetic reveller from a stag do. It was surreal and brilliant all at once. After plenty of dancing it was time to catch from sleep and so it was back to the aptly named Sleeperz hotel. 

On Saturday it was time to see what else Newcastle has to offer, other than tashing on and getting mortal of course. It turns out a lot, as we discovered on a sightseeing bus tour, which was organised by our friend and resident Geordie, Frankie. Our tour guide was hilarious and knowledgeable and took us from St James’ Park to the Quayside and everywhere in between. As a little nerd who loves bridges, I was happy as a clam snapping picture after picture of the Tyne bridge and Gateshead Millennium bridge.

After a fun snapshot of the city, it was time to get something to eat and again on fabulous Frankie’s recommendation, we visited Revolution. This stunning former bank turned bar/ restaurant was buzzing. There was several hen and stag dos in and this really seemed to be the theme for our trip. Wherever we went there was a hen or stag do or, more often, both. I have genuinely lost count of how many we encountered, some glam and civilised, some boisterous and up for ritual humiliation. After enough food to feed a small army, it was time to freshen up before hitting the toon again.

We couldn’t visit Newcastle without going to Geordie Shore favourite Bijoux. The venue was quiet enough when we arrived but it was soon bustling with people – no Geordie Shore cast members though! After bopping along to some infectious songs, we headed across the street to Flares, a 70s bar with all the big tunes, perfect to carry on dancing until the wee hours. 

After we checked out on Sunday, we had time to walk a round the city and do some last minute site seeing. As it was a special occasion – the sun was shining – we called into Kaspa’s for a scrumptious cookies and cream ice cream sundae before heading to the airport.

As we touched down in a sunny Belfast, it was hard not to be disappointed that our time in Newcastle had come to an end. However with flights that are less than hour long and a fab friend living on that side of the ocean, I know we will be back in the toon before long.

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